Sample of the "Microsoft Account Update" Phishing Email
From: M S N Account <email@example.com>
Sent: Sunday, October 1, 2017 9:55:08 AM
Subject: Update request
FINAL 2017 UPDATE
Our record indicates your account is not updated, which may lead to the permanent shut down of your account if you refuse to update your account within 24 hrs of receiving this notice.
Take a second to update your account below and enjoy our new features
Please follow the steps below for your upgrade process.
1. Upgrade my email
2. You can also add more security features
The email security team
The link in the email message goes to a fake Microsoft Hotmail website, which will attempt to trick the potential victims into entering their usernames and passwords on it. If the potential victims enter their Microsoft Outlook, Hotmail, Live usernames, and passwords on the fake website, the information will be sent to the cyber-criminals behind the email scam, who will use the information to hijack the victims' accounts.
If you receive email messages like these, please go directly to your email account instead of clicking on the links in the email messages. If there is anything wrong with your account or something needs to be done to it, it will be shown to you after you have signed into your account. If you were tricked by one of these malicious phishing scams, please change your Hotmail, Live or Outlook immediately. If you are unable to, click here to report it to Microsoft.